Three out of ten teenagers [persons aged between 13 and 19] in Kenya have no idea that having unprotected sex once can result in pregnancy, a report by Trends and Insights for Africa (TIFA) shows.
The survey findings were released on Thursday, April 18.
Out of the 1, 141 teen respondents drawn from seven schools in Nairobi and Kiambu Counties, 33 per cent do not know that a one-time unprotected sexual encounter can result in a pregnancy. That figure translates to three out of ten teenagers.
Sixty per cent of the respondents said they knew that there were high chances of getting pregnant due to unprotected sex.
One out of ten of those interviewed declined to respond to the question.
The report further showed that 2 out of 10 respondents engaged in sex for the first time while aged below 13 years. Seven out of 10 respondents said their first time sexual experience came while aged above 13, with 1 out of 10 saying they couldn’t remember the age they were when they had sex for the first time.
The report also shows that 6 out of 10 Kenyan teenagers have watched pornography, with 4 of those 6 being male.
Four out of ten respondents said they knew at least one person who engaged in sex during the school holidays.
Condoms remain to be the most popular form of contraception among teenagers, with 7 out of 10 male respondents approving of it, while 5 out of 10 female respondents giving the contraceptive a nod.
Emergency pills was the second-popular contraceptive.
Four out of ten female respondents said they knew somebody who had been involved in same-sex relationships compared to 3 out of 10 male respondents, who said they knew at least one person who was involved in same sex affair.
The teenagers said, in their responses, that mothers were the most approachable, when it came to discussing matters sex with.
Half the respondents said they had held sex talk, with 3 out of 10 of those who hold discussions about matters sex, saying they had the conversations with their mothers.
One out of ten of those interviewed said they held sex talk with their fathers.
Teachers, sisters, brothers, friends and cousins were among the groups the respondents said helped them understand matters sex.
The study was conducted between January 25, 2019 and April 3, 2019 in four boys’ schools and three girls’ schools.